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In lighter varieties, such as Ranier, look for shiny, firm, and plump fruits with fresh stems and unbroken skin. In red varieties, such as Bing, look for similar characteristics but with a dark burgundy color. Avoid lighter red cherries since they do not ripen after picking. In any variety, stay away from wrinkled skin or white spots.
Simply wash under cool water and eat—just watch out for the pit! For jams and other dishes that require a lot of cherries, try a mechanical cherry pitter.
Cherries are an excellent source of vitamin C.
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